Singaporetourismmap: Carmine Point Roaming - Metropolis Hall Mrt - Armenian Church Building Of St Gregory The Illuminator

My latest Red Dot Roaming conduct a chance took me to City Hall MRT specifically to see the Armenian church building of St Gregory the Illuminator on Hill Street around the station.  This is the oldest Christian church building inwards Singapore.


A photograph inwards the church building of the Armenian community of Singapore inwards 1917

The church building is an unassuming edifice surrounded, equally it is, yesteryear all the modern buildings but in ane lawsuit you lot last inwards the church building grounds it becomes a really serene one.  It was designed yesteryear George Drumgoole Coleman, an Irish Gaelic architect responsible for a lot of the early on pattern together with construction of the infrastructure of Singapore, this though is oft regarded equally the finest representative of his last here.  The province was granted to the Armenian community inwards Singapore inwards 1834 together with yesteryear 1835 the church building was built.  The church building was gazetted equally a national monument inwards 1973.

Beautiful writing on a plaque inwards the church, unfortunately I practice non know what it says

Having done a petty to a greater extent than query since my see I empathize that the church building is modelled on St Gregory's church building inwards Echmiadzin inwards Armenia.  It did non originally accept a tower or spire but rather an octagonal cone amongst a modest bell tower.  The introduce spire was set inwards house inwards 1853 subsequently the master bell tower became structurally unsound.  Whilst beingness naturally church building similar inwards appearance its pattern also provided me together with doubtless has many previously amongst welcome shelter from the estrus on the twenty-four hours I decided to visit.  








In the grounds of the church building stands a parsonage built inwards 1905 yesteryear a fellow member of the famous Armenian describe of piece of job solid unit of measurement of the Sarkies, at that topographic point are also a give away of Sarkies' describe of piece of job solid unit of measurement gravestones inwards the memorial garden inwards the grounds of the church.  In instance you lot didn't know, maybe the most famous iii members of this describe of piece of job solid unit of measurement were the iii brothers (Archak, Aviet together with Tigran) who founded Raffles hotel.  The memorial garden also houses the gravestone of Agnes Joaquim.  The national blossom of Singapore, the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid, was named subsequently her.  The memorial garden was never a graveyard though.  These gravestones were transported hither from a Christian cemetery inwards Bukit Timah when that was exhumed inwards 1978.  There are also a give away of to a greater extent than modern religious sculptures inwards the grounds of the church building equally good but I've been unable to honor whatever farther details nearly them. 


The church building is no longer used for regular services but is opened upwards to visitors together with makes for a pleasant escape for a spell together with the chance to persuasion a petty slice of history correct inwards the view of the city.  

Gravestone of Agnes Joaquim.  The national blossom of Singapore, the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid (which she bred) is named subsequently her.


If you lot missed whatever of my previous Red Dot Roaming adventures, banking concern jibe them out here.

City Hall MRT is on the North South describe (NS25) together with the East West describe (ES13).

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